Panic disorder

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What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder is a specific psychological phenomenon characterized by sudden onset of anxiety (often unrelated to objective events), accompanied by autonomic symptoms such as tachycardia, paresthesia, flushing, and sweating.

Common symptoms reported by people with panic disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
347
Tried for
panic disorder (301) anxious mood (196)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
188
Tried for
panic disorder (169) anxious mood (86)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
180
Tried for
panic disorder (139) panic attacks (86)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
159
Tried for
depressed mood (127) panic disorder (74)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
126
Tried for
depressed mood (118) panic disorder (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
120
Tried for
depressed mood (108) panic disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
anxious mood (77) panic attacks (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
pain (59) anxious mood (15)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
anxious mood (57) depressed mood (26)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
anxious mood (52) depressed mood (44)
2 more

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (148 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 38 more
Total evaluations
198
Tried for
panic disorder (301) anxious mood (196)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (83 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness drowsiness 31 more
Total evaluations
100
Tried for
panic disorder (169) anxious mood (86)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (69 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 33 more
Total evaluations
101
Tried for
panic disorder (139) panic attacks (86)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (70 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) suicidal thoughts or urges 55 more
Total evaluations
113
Tried for
depressed mood (127) panic disorder (74)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (70 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 51 more
Total evaluations
85
Tried for
depressed mood (118) panic disorder (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (54 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness brain fog 48 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
depressed mood (108) panic disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness daytime sleepiness 10 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
anxious mood (77) panic attacks (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (41 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness balance problems 33 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
pain (59) anxious mood (15)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness abdominal pain 17 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
anxious mood (57) depressed mood (26)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (53 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction drowsiness 42 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
anxious mood (52) depressed mood (44)
2 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has panic disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 65
20s 1,570
30s 4,203
40s 4,939
50s 4,105
60s 1,763
70+ 332
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,510
20-29 years 1,036
30-39 years 627
40-49 years 361
50-59 years 92
60-69 years 13
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4,656
Female 12,439

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,019
Not Diagnosed 2,094

These charts show data from panic disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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